I am glad you are back because your insight was greatly missed, especially by me. I posted the link to the PWI discussion because I thought it was naive to consider man "good" by nature. I don't know why it showed that response about gays. I am still not tracking well on this new format or else my my government computer virus software is doing some strange stuff.
Anyway, great post and I always listen to good advise. I know that over the years, I have really changed, close to to going over to the "dark side". My solution to a lot of problems has been boiled down to "just kill them". I know that is wrong , so, I have a constant internal battle to remain professional (well, I close as I can get anyway:))). Arguing about gays, abortion, government corruption, politics, taxes, gun rights, conservatives, socialists, democrats , you name it, just seems trivial compared to killing or training people to kill members of the numerous Jihadist groups that are dedicated to the mass slaughter of civilians. Actually, if you are in situations where you may die, I guarantee you not thinking about whether someone you are with is gay, or what was the latest sound bite from Trump.
I think the reason I am on the verge blackness, is in my simple little brain, I cannot understand why the "civilized" nations of this world don't unite and wipe out this brand of filth. How countries with any integrity can allow BH and ISIS to continue to butcher is beyond me. Yes, I am well educated in the Sunni/Shiite hatred, the Persians, the Jews, the Christians, and everyone else and their little religious enclaves. I have live in it for many years. But for the "common good" of man, you would think the Saudis, Jordanians, Germans, and Swiss or who ever, would stand up and say "this is beyond warfare, this is a evil that needs to die". Hell, you got what, about 182 countries in the UN and all the Sec/General can say is "we deplore this violence" what a fucking joke.I would think the "world" would want to look around and change some shit. Anyway, just ranting, appreciate your response.
As far as the Brits, I have noticed a few oddities, they don't seem to have the same hang ups or cultural norms as us, but that was off duty. I will try to make some subtle inquires, hopefully without starting a brawl:)) However, to further illustrate your point, I was over at the British Embassy last Saturday and I saw two guys wearing ascots. Ascots? I checked my ID case to see if I still had my man card after talking to them:)))